Reva Sykes Friedsam Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Reva Sykes Friedsam and intended for undergraduate students majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in elementary or secondary education (or their successors) at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in education at the University will be eligible for consideration.
  4. Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that they are from an economically disadvantaged background.

Dr. Kaaren C. Day Elementary Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established by Dr. Kaaren C. Day, a former UNT faculty member, for undergraduate students who are pursuing programs in elementary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the department of Teacher Education and Administration (or it's successor) in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless the have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in elementary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in elementary education at the University; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, the donor wishes the distribution amount to be held for distribution during the following year.
Note: This scholarship may continue to be awarded to a previous recipient on an annual basis in successive years if the recipient reapplies for this scholarship and continues to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Laverne Gregory and William Earl Cooper Memorial Scholarship

Purpose: Established in memory of Laverne Gregory and William Earl Cooper and intended for undergraduate and/or graduate students in the College of Education who are interested in receiving a teaching certificate.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

R.C. Bradley Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. R.C. Bradley, a former distinguished faculty member of the College of Education at the University of North Texas, and intended for undergraduate and graduate Elementary Education students in the College of Education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

Dr. Watt Black Meadows Scholars Secondary Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Dr. Watt Black and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in secondary education.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education Department of Teacher Education and Administration in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in secondary education or an advanced student whose background and interests are in secondary education at the University. In the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in Teacher Education and Administration at the University will be eligible for consideration.

Bessie and Joe Killen Education Scholarship

Purpose: Established in honor of Bessie and Joe Killen and intended for full-time undergraduate and graduate students majoring in education and seeking a teacher certification.

Requirements:

  1. Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the College of Education in effect at the time of any award.
  2. Maintain full-time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program.
  3. Enroll as a full-time student in the College of Education at the University seeking a teacher certification; in the event no applicant possesses this characteristic, then students enrolling full-time in the College of Education will be eligible for consideration.

Note: This scholarship may continue to be awarded to a previous recipient on an annual basis in successive years if the recipient reapplies for this scholarship and continues to meet the eligibility requirements outlined above.

Tao Zhang

Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Director, Pediatric Movement and Physical Activity Laboratory
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 210-B
Phone: 
940-565-3415
Email: 
tao.zhang@unt.edu

Dr. Tao Zhang earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Physical Education from Shanghai University of Sport, and his Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University in 2009 and has been at the University of North Texas since that time. He was a former lecturer and coach at Shanghai University of Sport and Shanghai Aquatic Sports Center in China, where he led his women’s rowing teams to win two national championships. As a Sport Pedagogy scholar, Dr. Zhang has made more than 80 research presentations at international and national conferences, published around 40 refereed research articles, (co-)authored more than 60 peer-reviewed research abstracts, conference papers and book chapters, and completed 12 funded research projects in the U.S and China. His research focuses on supportive school physical activity environments, achievement motivation, and youth physical activity and health promotion from social, psychological and behavioral perspectives. He was inducted as a Research Fellow in the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) in 2012, and earned the Mabel Lee Award from SHAPE America in 2013. Since 2010, he has already mentored both undergraduate and graduate students who have received state, national, and international awards for their research. Dr. Zhang has shown great leadership by involving in the service at different levels. He has been an active reviewer for 14 scholarly journals in Kinesiology and Education. He serves as the Editorial Board Members for the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education, Journal of Teaching, Research, and Media in Kinesiology, Journal of American College Health, and Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal. Dr. Zhang has also served on several committees of professional organizations (American College of Sports Medicine, American Educational Research Association, and SHAPE America), and received the Outstanding Service Award from the International Chinese Society for Physical Activities and Health in 2012.

Karen H. Weiller-Abels

Assistant Chair, Associate Professor, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs
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Office: 
Physical Education Building 209-A
Phone: 
940-565-2856
Email: 
Karen.Weiller@unt.edu

Kinesiology Undergraduate Program Coordinator PhD 1986 - Texas Woman's University - Humanistic Foundations of Physical Education Specialization in Elementary Physical Education, Sociology of Sport, and Women in Sport Former Chair of the Sport Sociology Academy Former Southern District Representative to the Council on Physical Education for Children Former Editorial Board of Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators Authored or Co-Authored 26 peer-reviewed papers, plus various other publications. Presented more than 50 papers at professional meetings. Research interests: Gender issues in sport across the lifespan, with a focus on media representation women in sport; Youth pedagogy

Recent Publications

Bridges, J. & Weiller-Abels, K. (2013). Movement education language word card deck. Sportime/School Specialty.

Weiller-Abels, K. & Bridges, J. (2012) Human Kinetics.

Faculty member Pam Harrell wins 2011 Teacher Scholar Award

Pam HarrellResearch scientists, scholars, engineers and artists were among those honored at the 2011 Annual Research Reception and Awards presentation Nov. 1.

Fifteen faculty were nominated for their curiosity, commitment, research contributions and creative activity. The Office of Research and Economic Development began the tradition of an awards ceremony in 2009 as a way of acknowledging the many ways faculty research makes a profound difference at UNT, in the community, in Texas and in the global community.

COE faculty member Pamela Harrell won the Teacher Scholar Award. This award honors a mid-career faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in research or creative productivity while also performing in an extraordinary manner as a teacher. 

Harrell has been a faculty member at UNT for 11 years teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Curriculum and Instruction and Secondary Education. Her scholarship is tied to studying teacher quality and teacher effectiveness with the aim of improving the overall quality of education for students.

Her research demonstrates that student achievement is critically linked to teachers’ abilities both to comprehend and to effectively communicate subject matter. To this end, she has directed ambitious projects and has implemented pioneering teacher certification programs designed to improve teachers’ proficiency, lesson planning, and instruction techniques, especially in science and mathematics.  She is highly regarded in the field for her numerous and significant contributions to pedagogy and curricular innovation.

Harrell’s advocacy to support the professional development of teachers is matched by the excellence and passion she brings to the classroom as a teacher herself. She is consistently among the highest rated teachers in her department. Many letters of appreciation from students have described how she has assisted them in achieving their learning goals.

Julie West,  Office of Research and Economic Development

Joseph Thomas Walker

Principal Lecturer, Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation
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Office: 
Coliseum 024-B
Phone: 
940-369-7176
Email: 
joseph.walker@unt.edu

Reaching a Higher Level

Griffith, M. & Walker, J.

Aquatics International, 21,1, 62-64.

 

Published

Physical Activity in the Park Setting (PA-PS) Questionnaire: Reliability in a California State Wide Sample

Walker, J., Mowen, A,. Kruger, J., Morrow, J., Hendrick, W., Bricker, K.

Journal of Physical Activity and Health 6(Suppl 1)

 

Published

An Investigation of ADA Compliance of Aquatic Facilities in the North Texas Area

Pike, H., Walker, J.,Collins, J. & Hodges, J.

American Journal of Health Promotion 23,2,139-146

 

Repositioning Aquatics Employment

Griffith, M. & Walker, J.

Park and Recreation Business, 7,5, 39-41.

 

Benefits Based Staffing

Walker, J. & Griffith, M.

Park and Recreation Business 6,12, 46-47

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